Thursday daily cattle summary

16 July 2015

Throughput at Dalby increased 28%, to 6,844 head. Most young cattle went to feeder and restocker buyers and prices mostly improved, particularly amongst the heifer portion. All the regular export buyers were active and competing in a dearer market.

  • Medium C3 yearling feeder steers eased 7¢, to average 283¢ and sell to a top of 299¢/kg
  • The same condition heifer portion improved 13¢, averaging 268¢/kg
  • C4 bullocks gained 11¢, averaging 277¢ and selling to a top of 283¢/kg
  • Medium D4 cows to slaughter increased 9¢, to average 243¢/kg
  • Heavy C3 bulls averaged 240¢, up 8¢/kg week-on-week

Consignments at Casino doubled, to 2,423 head, and young cattle made up the majority. Quality varied throughout, with several runs of milk vealers offered and a large percentage of the yarding coming forward in plain condition.

  • Light (200-280kg) C2 vealer steers to restockers jumped 27¢, to average 294¢/kg
  • The same weight D2 lines, however, slipped 15¢, averaging 273¢/kg
  • Light (0-200kg) D2 vealer heifers to restockers eased 2¢, averaging 226¢/kg
  • The slightly heavier (200-280kg) C2 portion to the trade gained 12¢, to average 250¢/kg
  • Medium D2 cows to slaughter averaged 210¢, back 7¢/kg week-on-week

Warrnambool yarded 800 head, up 20% week-on-week. All the regular buyers were active and prices remained strong, with primarily quality related price variations. Young cattle were limited and most were in secondary condition.

  • Heavy C3 grown steers were steady, averaging 279¢/kg
  • Medium D1 dairy cows averaged 169¢ and sold to a top of 177¢/kg
  • Heavy D2 dairy lines eased 5¢, to average 202¢/kg

At the close of Wednesday’s markets:

  • The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) finished at 538.50¢, up 1.00¢/kg cwt on the previous day
  • Trade steers averaged 311¢, up 7¢/kg lwt
  • Feeder steers made 298¢, back 4¢/kg lwt
  • Medium steers jumped 11¢, to 286¢/kg lwt
  • Heavy steers averaged 298¢, back 5¢/kg lwt
  • Medium cows made 219¢, up 2¢/kg lwt

Note: All yardings and prices referenced are from MLA’s National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) reported saleyards.

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